Hurricane Harvey hit on August 25th, 2017. Homes flooded and streets quickly turned into canals, which boats floated down to rescue people. The damage done to Texas is unspeakable, and was quickly followed by Hurricane Irma, which tore up Florida. In fact, Hurricane Maria is well on its way to cause similar damage. Social media has become a tool that saves lives in these situations.
Everyone that wants to help victims of these hurricanes but can’t physically get there to make things better now have the power at their fingertips. There are digital marketing companies, marketing firms, celebrities and social media influencers trying to raise money for hurricane relief to get families hit by devastation back on their feet. A simple text is all it takes to donate.
“Please Send Help”
Many victims turned towards Facebook and Twitter for help. As the water continued to rise, families searched for help on social media platforms. People that were stuck in their house and needed rescue got on social media platforms and used hashtags like #HelpHouston and #sosHarvey. People took their own personal boats to help rescue neighbors and strangers. Social media played a role in saving Texans lives.
Here in Utah, there have been companies selling necklaces, shirts, and anything of the sort. All proceeds they make will be donated to the victims of these record breaking hurricanes. There are social media influencers gathering money and taking it to the damaged cities to be hand delivered to families who need it most. Celebrities have used social media to share how they have donated and encourage others to do the same.
As times get tough and hurricanes destroy the towns we love, the people of the United States of America continue to band together through any digital means to help. From website design to flying to Texas to volunteer, we show time and time again that money isn’t the only help we’re ready to provide.